71 Passwang–Oberaargau
71 Passwang–Oberaargau

Cycling in Switzerland

Passwang–Oberaargau

Passwang–Oberaargau

Dornach–Huttwil

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Passwang–Oberaargau

Passwang–Oberaargau

From Dornach, seat of the Anthroposophical Society's Goetheanum, you ride through gently undulating Jura landscape, the Schwarzbubenland, past cherry trees and flower meadows to finally swish down from the 943 m high Passwang to Balsthal.
Two striking pieces of architecture guard the ascent to Dornach: the Goetheanum, the enormous and unconventional reinforced-concrete building of the Anthroposophical Movement, and the stately ruins of Dorneck Castle. After eight sharp bends in the woods, the dry high plateau of Gempen is a surprise, a sunny recreational paradise for the people of Basel. A stream babbles in the long basin, hundreds of cherry trees, the bedrock here is porous karst limestone. More babbles are heard in the Nickelodeon Museum at Seewen.

The Jura passes are steep, quiet Nunningerberg rewards you with a rich orchid world, then the Passwang with scenic views of the terraced Jura ridges, slowly getting lost in the haze. The holiday-home-free Solothurn Jura protected zone, created in 1942, provides moments of peace. Anyone with hair tousled from the valley run will find hirsute history in the Haar&Kamm (Hair & Comb) Museum in Mümliswil.

Through two narrow, rugged gorges, always overlooked by castles and fortresses, to meet the Mittelland warehouse landscape. After the Aare bridge, grinning exotic animals from long ago on the façade of the animal house in Aarwangen. Langenthal, your average small Swiss town, a favourite spot for holding surveys. The wide valley floor of the winding Langete with meadowland still subject to regular flooding. Oberaargau remains flat before the hilly Napf makes its presence felt in Huttwil.
From Dornach, seat of the Anthroposophical Society's Goetheanum, you ride through gently undulating Jura landscape, the Schwarzbubenland, past cherry trees and flower meadows to finally swish down from the 943 m high Passwang to Balsthal.
Two striking pieces of architecture guard the ascent to Dornach: the Goetheanum, the enormous and unconventional reinforced-concrete building of the Anthroposophical Movement, and the stately ruins of Dorneck Castle. After eight sharp bends in the woods, the dry high plateau of Gempen is a surprise, a sunny recreational paradise for the people of Basel. A stream babbles in the long basin, hundreds of cherry trees, the bedrock here is porous karst limestone. More babbles are heard in the Nickelodeon Museum at Seewen.

The Jura passes are steep, quiet Nunningerberg rewards you with a rich orchid world, then the Passwang with scenic views of the terraced Jura ridges, slowly getting lost in the haze. The holiday-home-free Solothurn Jura protected zone, created in 1942, provides moments of peace. Anyone with hair tousled from the valley run will find hirsute history in the Haar&Kamm (Hair & Comb) Museum in Mümliswil.

Through two narrow, rugged gorges, always overlooked by castles and fortresses, to meet the Mittelland warehouse landscape. After the Aare bridge, grinning exotic animals from long ago on the façade of the animal house in Aarwangen. Langenthal, your average small Swiss town, a favourite spot for holding surveys. The wide valley floor of the winding Langete with meadowland still subject to regular flooding. Oberaargau remains flat before the hilly Napf makes its presence felt in Huttwil.
76 km | 2 Stages
Asphalted: 75 km
Natural surface: 1 km
1450 m | 1200 m
medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Dornach-Arlesheim
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Arrival / return travel Huttwil
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Services

Accommodation

Gasthaus zur Sonne
Gasthaus zur Sonne
Aesch
Gasthof Mühle
Gasthof Mühle
Aesch
Hotel Restaurant Euler
Hotel Restaurant Euler
Seewen
Restaurant Stierenberg
Restaurant Stierenberg
Bretzwil
Hof Stucketen
Hof Stucketen
Beinwil SO
Berggasthaus Hintere Wasserfallen
Berggasthaus Hintere Wasserfallen
Reigoldswil
Berggasthaus Obere Wechten
Berggasthaus Obere Wechten
Mümliswil
Genussgasthaus Tiefmatt
Genussgasthaus Tiefmatt
Holderbank
Berggasthof Schwengimatt
Berggasthof Schwengimatt
Balsthal
Hotel Balsthal
Hotel Balsthal
Balsthal
Pfadiheim Balsthal
Pfadiheim Balsthal
Balsthal
Restaurant Oberli
Restaurant Oberli
Walliswil bei Niederbipp
Family Backpacker Aarwangen
Family Backpacker Aarwangen
Aarwangen
Gasthof zum Wilden Mann
Gasthof zum Wilden Mann
Aarwangen
BnB Hopfengrün, Langenthal-Neuhüsli
BnB Hopfengrün, Langenthal-Neuhüsli
Langenthal
Landgasthof Bären
Landgasthof Bären
Madiswil
Bleichehof
Bleichehof
Rohrbach
Eichmatt
Eichmatt
Auswil
Sommerhof
Sommerhof
Rohrbachgraben
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Bookable offers

La Route Verte
La Route Verte
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Places

Aesch
Aesch
Dornach
Dornach
Seewen SO
Seewen SO
Reigoldswil
Reigoldswil
Beinwil SO
Beinwil SO
Passwang
Passwang
Balsthal
Balsthal
Aarwangen
Aarwangen
Langenthal
Langenthal
Huttwil
Huttwil
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Places of interest

Arlesheim Cathedral
Arlesheim Cathedral
Ermitage Arlesheim
Ermitage Arlesheim
The Museum of Music Automatons at Seewen SO
The Museum of Music Automatons at Seewen SO
Reigoldswil-Wasserfallen Cableways
Reigoldswil-Wasserfallen Cableways
Hair and Comb Museum
Hair and Comb Museum
Thal Nature Park
Thal Nature Park
Kunsthaus Langenthal
Kunsthaus Langenthal
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Swimming

Swimming pool Roggwil
Swimming pool Roggwil
Hutwill open-air swimming pool
Hutwill open-air swimming pool
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Signalization

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